Religion

'Much of what we believe in is manufactured dogma' the long read with Ziauddin Sardar

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Ziauddin Sardar is a firm believer in engaging with Muslims and interpreting the Sharia according to the needs of contemporary times. That obviously is not the dominant thought in the current times where Islam is seen as a signifier of violence and when, in his own words, “one particular interpretation of Islam, which unfortunately is the most backward, narrow-minded and obscurantist, is ...

The Shari'ah and Post-Secularisation in the Writings of Khaled Abou El Fadl And Abdullahi an-Na'im by Dr Mohammed Moussa

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The twin ideas of secularity and secularisation are linked to the freedom of human agency to fashion the world we live in. And without due hindrance from theocratic worldviews or political orders. However, are these two concepts necessarily irreligious or are they simply instances of the perennial negotiation by human beings with the idea of the divine? A 'talking back', if you like, ...

The Limits of Muslim Liberalism by Zaheer Kazmi

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In his semi-fictional account of Barbary Coast Pirate Utopias, Peter Lamborn Wilson traces the unwritten dissident history of a communion of outsiders — heterodox Muslims and Christian renegades. Unanchored from the conformist dictates of law and organized religion, “temporary autonomous zones” like the Coast flourished for a time between the 16th and 18th centuries, and ...

Beyond Religion - Beyond Science by Jameela M Boardman

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Maybe Islam was never meant to be a "Religion"! There is a big difference between "religious" and "spiritual" people, as there is a big difference between those who "believe" in God and those who "are of" God! The difference is between External and Internal: meaning that learned religion and beliefs must come from the outside of oneself, ...

Brandino and The New Convert

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I received this from a friend a few weeks ago: Hello Brandino Here is an interesting article I came across. I hope you are well. Abbas As-salam alaykum all: BELOW is my shahada speech. It expresses my journey thus far, and the embrace of Islam that I have come to MashAllah. I appreciate any suggestions you may have for me as I grow in my ...

Seclusion, the Hijab and the Muslim 'Cleric' by Mohammed Moussa

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Supporters greet the arrival of a returning comrade at the Cairo railway station. In anticipation of Huda Sharawi's return from an international meeting with fellow feminists in Rome, those awaiting are wearing the niqab (face-cover). Unveiling her own niqab in front of these supporters on May 1923, Sharawi sought to overthrow a restrictive custom and empowering her right to act in this ...

The Concept of Men - a Woman's Reading of Qur'an by Shakhya Halima Krausen

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First of all: I am happy that finally "Men in Islam" is the theme of a conference. Every so often, I have been invited to speak on various aspects of "Women in Islam", a theme on which you nowadays find enough material to stock a library. Besides, quite some effort has been invested in girls' education, demands for women's rights, women's helplines and ...

Feminist voices in Islam: promise and potential by Ziba Mir-Hosseini

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Religion is back in the public space, and the thesis that modernisation means the privatisation of religion has been seriously questioned. Some religious and feminist dogmas need re-examination. What do ‘secular’or ‘religious’ or ‘feminist’ mean in today’s contexts? Islam and feminism are often perceived and portrayed as incompatible. There ...

Redefining Protest in Ethiopia by Awol Allo and Abadir M Ibrahim

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From the periphery, Ethiopian Muslim protesters have recently turned a page in the history of the country. They have proven that demonstrations by religious groups can be peaceful, that secularism can be the aim of these groups instead of their nemesis and that a radical Islamist agenda doesn't have to be the dominant one. The early contact between Ethiopia and Islam is ...

Bernard Lewis's Apologia by Peter Clark

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At the age of ninety-five Professor Bernard Lewis has written his memoirs, in collaboration with his companion, Buntzie Ellis Churchill: Bernard Lewis, with Buntzie Ellis Churchill, Notes On A Century, Reflections of A Middle East Historian, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2012 It has been a fascinating life. Lewis was a brilliant young student, not just getting a first in History at ...